In today's UP: Zombie's Drugs and Unicorns; God of Carnage's pillow warfare; 36 Chambers of German Sparkle; Thee Oh Sees' punk, The Big Sound's Motown; Picnicface hosts improvisers doing "anything but improv"; and the IFOA continues.
ART: Russian artist Lora Zombie opens her first Canadian exhibit, Drugs and Unicorns, tonight at the Gladstone. Her work, which has amassed a large international online following, subverts pop culture fixations like pandas, unicorns, and superheroes (maybe both?); tonight’s one night only appearance for Eyes on Walls will showcase 50 new works. The Gladstone Hotel (1215 Queen Street West), 7 p.m.–11 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Théâtre français de Toronto’s newest production is the Toronto premiere of noted French playwright Yasmina Reza (Art) God of Carnage, a comedy about civilized couples becoming uncivilized in the wake of a schoolyard tussle. The recent Broadway adaptation won three Tony awards; this, the original French production, will incorporate English surtitles for selected performances (like tonight’s) for those of us who aren’t entirely fluent in our country’s other official language. Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $28–$48.
SHINY: 36 Chambers Art Collective is christening their new studio space with a LOT of glitter and colour; they’re holding a German Sparkle Party, and encouraging guests to come dressed in outfits “shiny, fluffy, sparkly, twirly or outrageous.” They also promise live music from The Ancient Order and more, a cheap bar, and plenty of other colourful folk to sparkle and mingle with. 36 Chambers Art Collective (1266B Queen Street West), doors at 9 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Punk or Motown? That’s the tough call live music fans have to make tonight; go to the ‘Shoe to see red hot Cali nu-punk outfit Thee Oh Sees headline the Not Dead Yet 2011 Garage Punk Showcase (Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen Street West, doors at 9 p.m., $16 in advance), or party with a 20 piece live band playing classics of the ’60s and ’70s at The Big Sound. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $10.
VARIETY: The Toronto International Improv Festival is in full swing at Comedy Bar right now, and with so many talented performers in town, the question came up, “what ELSE can these performers do?” While Mantown holds court in the theatre space late tonight, recent Canadian Comedy Award winners Picnicface will host a cabaret of “anything but improv” in Comedy Bar’s new lounge space; The Other Talents Show will feature music, storytelling, stand-up and more, from festival performers. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., $5.
IFOA: The weather is cold and miserable, so it’s time to let new books light up your world! The Harbourfront’s annual International Festival of Authors “brings together the best writers of contemporary world literature” and runs from October 19–30. Check out our preview of IFOA 2011 to strike the perfect balance between meeting your authorly idols and discovering new literary loves.
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